UNFCCC Publishes Agenda for AWG-KP August Session [viewed]

6 July 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/8) for the 13th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 13), which will be held in conjunction with the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11), from 2-6 August 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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ADB Invests in Clean Development Fund for the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

9 July 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it will invest US$15 million to support clean energy projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion and South Asia through the Mekong Brahmaputra Clean Development Fund.

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New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Takes Office [viewed]

8 July 2010: Christiana Figueres has taken up her post as the new Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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CARICOM Summit Discusses Position Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

7 July 2010: The 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 4-7 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, climate change issues.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Security Council [viewed]

7 July 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Security Council in New York, US, on 7 July 2010, and noted that the protection of civilians encompasses broader challenges, such as governance, resource scarcity, climate change and land disputes.

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EU Launches Consultation on EIA Directive [viewed]

6 July 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation in relation to the review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. The consultation covers, among other things, the development of synergies with other EU policies, such as climate change and biodiversity.

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Report on EU Renewable Energy Published [viewed]

5 July 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre published the report "Renewable Energy Snapshots," which shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

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Japan and Mexico Discuss International Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

5 July 2010: Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada met with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa Cantellano on 5 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, international climate change negotiations.

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Aarhus Convention Focuses on Public Participation under the UNFCCC [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 12th meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 June–2 July 2010, and addressed, inter alia, the application of the principles of the Convention in international fora.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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